When you have been *ahem* collecting clothes and accessories for a long time and hung on to them over the decades like I have, it’s important to regularly reassess their relevancy – something that I totally failed to do. In the last few years I have stopped using many different brands of bags and focused on Céline, Chanel and Hermès in that order. As my accessories become all important as time goes on, I realised my Chanel bags needed a complete reappraisal.I began to feel the chain strap and CC clasp (thank you Karl!) looked and felt too much for what I wear most days, most times of the year except for a few days away on holiday perhaps. After a long while, I nailed it down to a 3 basic facts. Firstly, I’m a single flap kind of girl, secondly, on the unblingy side and thirdly, love the 2.55 Mademoiselle clasp and chain the most. The double flap style restrict not only my access to the bag but the internal capacity which is all important to me since I prefer medium to small size bags. Once we have decent light (is it Spring yet?),
I will add more photos of the bags that survived the Chanel Cull 2014 …Down to five from my original dozen or so years ago. The Jumbo and Medium sizes only. These are the mediums, from back, navy lambskin Classic with silvertone hardware, the single flap black lambskin with ruthenium hardware and vintage navy jersey 2.55 with goldtone hardware that I think is from the 1970’s possibly when Mlle Chanel was still alive. The strap is shorter than the more modern reissue. The Jumbos in purple lambskin at the back and a dark brown washed caviar with bijoux chain, both single flaps and hold a lot. The purple lambskin is so soft and huggable – it’s vintage so it’s better at resisting small scartches than the newer lambskin. I have to put in a good word about washed caviar here, it’s got the durability of normal caviar, which I find too hard and unwielding for me personally, but has an endearing slouchiness. It’s not exactly matte either as you can see from my photo above so perhaps this is the perfect hybrid of the beauty of plain lambskin with the hardiness and weatherproof qualities of caviar?I use the goldtone hardware less and less because it is too blingy and dressy for me. The styles that are long gone are the ones with very shiny goldtone chains and big CC logos. I don’t miss those at all. Of course there are so many different styles to choose from beyond the reissue and classic which do not suit everyone so it’s important to research not least because the less famous styles are often a fraction of the cost.
This one is from the ‘patchwork’ range I think which I saw most often in multi tones of suede. I was tempted because it’s a nice variation to the quilting but suede does not suit my needs. When this black leather turned up, I pounced and use it regularly for day and night eversince. The dark hardware just makes it extra special to me. The leather is buttery soft and the stitching is precision perfect. The raw edges of the patchwork create a nice texture and a little buffer layer to prevent scratches to the leather surface. It’s also the perfect bag to pack for travel as it’s softly structured and will serve as a clutch.
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